John Tipton, for whom Tipton County and its county seat were named, was born in eastern Tennessee in 1786. In 1807 he migrated with his family across Kentucky and settled in what is now Harrison County, Indiana, near the Ohio River.
In 1809, John became an ensign in a militia company of mounted riflemen known as "Yellow Jackets". He served under General Harrison's command and participated in the Battle of Tippecanoe on November 7, 1811. Immediately after the Yellow Jacket victory, Ensign Tipton became a Captain and later a Brigadier General. During his lifetime, John also held many civic offices, such as Sheriff of Harrison County, Representative to the State Legislature and United States Senator.
Five years after his death in 1839, Tipton County was organized and so named to honor him. In 1847, the name of the county seat also became Tipton in his honor.
-from Tipton County: A Pictorial History, 1844 - 1994. by the Tipton County Sesquicentennial Book Committee.